Opta Stats: Stoke v Newcastle

Can Mark Hughes inspire Stoke when they host Newcastle?
Can Mark Hughes inspire Stoke when they host Newcastle?

Two struggling sides meet when Stoke take on Newcastle. Opta tries to prise them apart.

"Stoke have kept just two clean sheets in the Premier League this season – the fewest in the division. It’s their fewest tally of clean sheets from the opening 21 league games of the season since 2002-03 (1)."

Both teams to score is 1.8810/11.

Stoke have won their last four home Premier League meetings with Newcastle - against no side have they ever won five consecutively in the competition. They are 2.3411/8 to win.

Newcastle have only beaten Stoke home and away in a Premier League season once before - back in 2011-12 when they finished fifth under Alan Pardew. A Newcastle win is 3.55/2.

Stoke's last home league defeat on New Year's Day came in 1988 (W4 D3 since), which was also when Newcastle's last away win on January 1st came (D1 L2 since). The draw is 3.45.

Stoke have kept just two clean sheets in the Premier League this season - the fewest in the division. It's their fewest tally of clean sheets from the opening 21 league games of the season since 2002-03 (1). Both teams to score is 1.8810/11.

In fact, the Potters have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine Premier League home games - their longest such run in the competition. Over 2.5 goals is 2.166/5.

Newcastle have lost each of their last 12 away league matches played on a Monday, a run that stretches back to December 2012 - they have failed to score in nine of those defeats, including a 1-0 defeat to Burnley this season. Stoke are 1.664/6 in the Draw No Bet market.

The Magpies haven't won consecutive Premier League away games since November 2014. They are 2.486/4 Draw No Bet.

Stoke's total of 20 points after 21 games is their worst-ever haul at this stage of a Premier League season. Newcastle are 1.738/11 Double Chance.

Rafael Benitez is yet to lose a Premier League match against Stoke (P6 W3 D3 L0) - the Spaniard has only faced West Brom more often without losing (eight games). The draw half-time/Newcastle full-time double result is 7.87/1.

Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in his last two Premier League games against Newcastle - he's never scored in three in a row against a team in the competition. Shaqiri is 4.03/1 to score.

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